recording of Basil
by Wilkie Collins.
Basil, son of a father who values the family pedigree and who would not let him marry below his station, falls in love at first sight with a girl he sees on a bus. He stalks her and discovers she is Margaret Sherwin, only daughter of a linen draper. He stalks her and persuades her father to let him marry her secretly. He agrees on the condition, that, as his daughter is only seventeen, they live apart for the first year. At first the secret works, but then the mysterious Mannion, whose emotions cannot be read in his face, returns from abroad. On the last night of the year Basil follows Margaret and Mannion and discovers them in flagrante delicto. (Wikipedia)
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Richard in Alabama
January 3, 2014
Thank you Librevox for recording this!
Great sensational novel by Wilkie Collins. The more of his books I read (or listen to) the more he becomes one of my favourite 19th Century English novelists. Is is OK to say I like him better than Dickens? Here we have a novel that begins as a love story but becomes a story of the ugliness of revenge, a picture of how desire for revenge consumes a person, reeks havoc on their lives and the lives of others, and does them no good. As one of the characters in the novel says, revenge adds no coin to your pocket. Also a novel about classism and snobbery, and the healing power of familiar love. OK, it's not The Woman In White or Moonstone. But it's still a great timeless novel, perfectly composed. The readers here do a marvellous job, all of them, my favourite being the man who read the first of the concluding letters.